Forked River is a somewhat small coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of New Jersey. With a population of 5,352 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Forked River is the 311th largest community in New Jersey.
Forked River is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 86.34% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Forked River is a town of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Forked River who work in office and administrative support (17.96%), sales jobs (12.40%), and teaching (11.15%).
It is a fairly quiet town because there are relatively few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. (Children, for example, often can't help themselves from being noisy, and being parents ourselves, we know!) Forked River has relatively few families with children living at home, and is quieter because of it. Renters and college students, for their own reasons, can also be noisy. Forked River has few renters and college students. But the biggest reason it is quieter in Forked River than in most places in America, is that there are just simply fewer people living here. If you think trees make good neighbors, Forked River may be for you.
Forked River is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.
One downside of living in Forked River is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Forked River, the average commute to work is 34.66 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the town, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative.
Even though Forked River is a smaller town, it has many people who hop on public transportation – mostly the bus for their daily commute to work. Typically, these people are commuting to good jobs in the surrounding cities.
The percentage of people in Forked River who are college-educated is somewhat higher than the average US community of 21.84%: 27.11% of adults in Forked River have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Forked River in 2010 was $37,988, which is middle income relative to New Jersey, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $151,952 for a family of four. However, Forked River contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
The people who call Forked River home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Forked River residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Forked River include Italian, German, Polish, and English.
The most common language spoken in Forked River is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Portuguese.